On arrival I was informed that the car park was full. Only alternative offered was to park illegally in the street in a 'loading only' bay or a public car park 2 streets away.
I was traveling with my partner and our 4 month old baby. Room was far far away from reception requiring 2 seperate lift journeys and a long walk. No porter was available. No porter trolly was available.
This meant I had to make 5 seperate journeys from the car (in the street) to the room to unload luggage by hand. This took over an hour, after driving 7 hours to get to the hotel.
Each time I had to bang on the door to get the receptionist to open the door for me.
I then had to get up at 7am in order to move the car from the 'loading bay' in order to avoid a parking ticket. I had no choice but to park in the 'full' hotel car park blocking another guests vehicle.
However, the hotel car park was not serviced by the hotel lift so that reloading the car to leave had the added inconvienience of 3 flights of stairs!
I should add that the hotel is close to a church. This church chimes the hour on the hour. It also chimes at quarter past, half past and quarter to. All through the night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is superbly located in the heart of the historic market town, with ideal access to the A1 train st. and airport. Originally built in the 1600s as a Coaching Inn, rebuilt in 1893, and after a 6 million pounds sterling complete refurbishment in 2012, the hotel proudly harmonises its original features with a contemporary designer led style that reflects the hotel's personality. Boasting 83 stylish bedrooms, superior conference and banqueting suites, along with elegantly fashionable rest and bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kings Head Darlington
- Head Hotel King
- Hotel Kings Head
- Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel Durham